The Lloydminster Bobcats want residents to get on their feet in support of the city’s frontline workers and schools.
The Bobcats are hosting a Distancing Family Fun Run with all the proceeds going towards the Lloydminster Regional Health Foundation and both Lloydminster school divisions breakfast programs. Head coach Nigel Dube says he is hoping to bring the community together and help people get through the tough times of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Knowing it’s going back into the community is a big thing and for those programs that are maybe being leaned on a little more now than ever. It’s an opportunity for us to do something. The Border City is great for us and all we do and has given us so much opportunity. I think it’s our duty to come up with ways to give back to our community.”
The Bobcats already have a close connection to the schools and want to continue supporting students any way they can.
“I think our guys have made a relationship with those schools and those kids. We’re fortunate in what we get to do everyday in playing hockey and living our dream as coaches and players so it’s something we want to give back there.”
The funds raised for the LRHF will go towards helping healthcare workers. Dube says the community is depending on them now more than ever and wants to show the care and support from Lloydminster residents.
“They go into work everyday to do what they do and the chance may be a bit higher for them but it means a lot in that itself.”
Residents wanting to join in the fundraiser can walk, run or cycle 1 km, 5 km, 10 km or over 10 km. Runs will be done individually by each participant who will log their own distances. Dube reminds participants to keep physical distancing during their runs.
Participants are asked to take a picture and post it to Facebook or send it directly to the Bobcats to be entered into a prize draw.
“During these times, mental and physical health are important and they go hand-in-hand. Hopefully at the end of this people can have a smile on their face knowing they got some exercise for a great cause.”
The run will take place on May 23 and registration for the event is open. The entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children.